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Finnish Independence Day Celebration 2021
November 29, 2022

Finland’s Independence to be celebrated at Finlandia University

One of the Copper Country’s longest-standing cultural traditions will continue at Finlandia University on the evening of Tuesday, December 6, when the Finnish-founded school hosts its annual celebration of Finland’s Independence Day. The university has commemorated the establishment of the Republic of Finland each year since Finland achieved independence in 1917.

The public is invited to the event, which gets under way at 6 p.m. at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center. The evening’s schedule includes performances by the Kivajat Dancers [...]

125th Anniversary Sunday Worship
December 13, 2021

Finlandia celebrates 125th Anniversary

A semester of celebration culminated on Sunday, Dec. 5 in a full day of dance, musical performances and worship. Dozens of Finlandia University friends and family members gathered to commemorate the institution’s 125th Anniversary alongside the observance of a now 104-year-long tradition, Finnish Independence Day.

David Maki, Interim Director of the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) on Finlandia’s campus, delivered the Independence Day program’s opening remarks.

“Today is another significant milestone in Finlandia University’s history as we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of [...]

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December 3, 2021

Join us for our 125th Anniversary celebrations on Dec. 5!

On Dec. 5, Finlandia will celebrate its 125th Anniversary with two spectacular events!

Join us at 10:30 a.m. for Sunday Worship at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, MI and then join us again at 1:00 p.m. for a special, one-of-a-kind 125th Anniversary Edition of Finlandia’s Annual Finnish Independence Day Observance being held at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Finlandia’s campus!

For those interested in attending, both events will require masks and sign-in. For those unable to attend, both events will also [...]

November 24, 2021

Finlandia announce changes to 125th Anniversary celebration schedule

Due to the sharp rise in community spread of the coronavirus in Houghton County, Finlandia’s 125th Anniversary celebrations scheduled for December 3-5 are being modified.  

The in-person events scheduled for Sunday, December 5 will take place as scheduled:  

10:30 a.m. Worship Service at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hancock. 1:00 p.m. Finnish Independence Day Program at Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

Both events on Sunday will require masks and sign in; no refreshments will be offered.  

For those unable to attend the Sunday programs [...]

Kailee Laplander
November 19, 2021

Kailee Laplander presents Finlandia’s upcoming 125th Anniversary on Finlandia Fridays

This week on Finlandia Fridays, new Executive Assistant to the President, Kailee Laplander, joins the show to talk about Finlandia’s upcoming 125th Anniversary celebrations on December 3, 4 and 5. For the first time, Laplander dives into these three special days of storytelling, Folk School workshops, art, worship and musical performances. The weekend culminates on Sunday with a special edition program of Finlandia’s Annual Finnish Independence Day Observance.

“We are coming together to celebrate our 125 years through several events between [...]

December 2, 2020

Finnish Independence Day Celebration will be held on Dec. 6 at FAHC

Story originally published by the Finnish American Heritage Center. 

Compelled not to break with tradition, Finlandia University will celebrate Finland’s Independence on December 6 at 5:30 p.m., as it has done in some iteration for the last 103 years. This year’s commemoration, under-stated and COVID-19 restriction compliant, will for the first time incorporate an Independence Day not seen before in the Upper Peninsula – a torch light procession from Hancock’s City Hall to the Finnish American Heritage Center, where a [...]

November 27, 2019

Finnish Independence Day Program to Honor Women

It’s been nearly 100 years since women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, exactly 100 years since the U.S. began official diplomatic relations with Finland, and 175 years since Minna Canth, Finland’s most famed champion for women’s rights, was born. Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center invites everyone to a program on December 6 celebrating all of these milestones and Finland’s Independence Day.

Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center, the program honoring Finland’s [...]

Finnish American Heritage Center
December 5, 2018

Finnish Independence Day program to honor George H.W. Bush

In honor of the late President George H.W. Bush, the Finnish Independence Day program at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center will include a special musical performance, accompanied by a color guard presentation.

Vocalist Mark Oliver, a veteran himself, will sing “The Navy Hymn,” while the Houghton-Hancock Junior ROTC program presents the colors, as part of the Independence Day celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.

Along with this special tribute, the program includes both traditional and contemporary elements of Finnish-American and Finnish culture, [...]

December 3, 2018

Finlandia University to celebrate Finland’s independence 

On Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.,m., Finlandia University will celebrate Finland’s Independence Day with a program at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

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Featuring music, dance, and more, this year’s program promises showcase the reasons for optimism regarding the future of Finnish-American activity in the Copper Country and beyond.

The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available. For [...]